Upcoming GHI Events
Biotechnology and Global Health Symposium
Feb 11, 2016, 5pm - 7:30pm
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
85 Waterman Street
There is an increasing need to improve quality of life and life expectancy worldwide. Medicine and biomedical engineering have a common goal of improving health care delivery and medical practice. Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between engineering and medicine. This partnership can lead to advances in health treatment, diagnosis and therapy. The Biotechnology and Global Health Symposium will address the growing challenges of health care in resource limited settings and elucidate how engineers and medical care providers can work together to help solve these issues through innovative and outside the box thinking.
Samuel Sia, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
"Microfluidics for 3D Tissue Engineering and Personal Health Diagnostics"
Samuel Sia has developed novel technologies for microfluidics-based methods for point-of-care diagnostics, both in an academic and industry setting (as a founder and chair of scientific advisory board of Claros Diagnostics, a startup company that has recently garnered European regulatory approval for a diagnostics product). Dr. Sia’s work in global health diagnostics, specifically, has garnered coverage from Nature, Science, JAMA, Washington Post, BBC, NPR, Voice of America, Science News, Popular Science, Chemical and Engineering News, and MIT Technology Review. Sia is using the powerful techniques of microfluidics to build low-cost handheld devices for performing sophisticated medical tests on a small microchip. His lab-on-a-chip device has been tested in Rwanda to collect and analyze blood tests at a patient’s bedside to diagnose infectious diseases. Dr. Sia has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. Dr. Sia completed a Postdoctoral program in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University.